COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado — An Uber driver who picked up the suspect in a Colorado Springs police shooting shortly before the attack tearfully pleaded for her to be released from a police officer parking lot.
The driver identified to be Carrie Ward with her gray sedan – which the ElPaso County Sheriff’s Office seized after the August 3 shooting of Officers Cem Duzel – said she had been unable to work for nearly a month and that the car is more than just a means of transportation.
After the hearing of the suspect, Karrar Noaman Al Khammasi, she said, “I’m without a means to support my children.” The suspect appeared to be an Iraqi refugee charged with attempted murder in the attack on Duzel, 30. The officer remains hospitalized in serious condition.
Prosecutor Reggy Short petitioned the judge to order that Ward’s car is released from an evidence impound lot, saying authorities do not believe it bears significant evidence. A court-appointed attorney for al Khammasi, Jennifer Chu, objected, saying she doesn’t know if the car is significant to her client’s defense.
Short said in court that prosecutors filed their first request to release the car “two weeks ago.” Ward was summoned to pick up Al Khammasi and 2 other friends on the night that the shooting took place. It happened nearby a short time later, and her car was taken as an evidence.
Ward fears that her car was damaged in a recent hailstorm that has destroyed a number of vehicles across Colorado Springs.